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Posted 6 years ago


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I took a chance on this one, because cost was minimal, even though I did not do proper research beforehand. It's a porcelain sign 10"x15". Shows a fair degree of aging, with rusty grommets, and a good amount of wear around edges and on back. But as far as I can tell, it's not listed in Petretti's book. I've found Ande Rooney tin sign reproductions on line, which don't have the trademark detail. ("Trade Mark Reg" is I believe 50's Coca Cola.) I did see a 2007 auction reference to a 1993 porcelain sign, description sounds a lot like this one, but no image. So any sign experts, please let me know what you think: How old is this sign?

Thanks. Best Regards, Dave

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  1. tommy1002 tommy1002, 6 years ago
    check this out. I think you might be glad the pirice was min. I could be wrong and hopefully it's a rare Canadian sign or something but we'll have to wait for the jury on that.
  2. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 6 years ago
    Hi Tommy. Yeah, I'm not sure. The item is an embossed tin version repro. Mine is porcelain on metal w/grommets. I have a feeling it's a 90's fantasy piece because it does show some age and I can't find anything that looks like it from the 50's. Hopefully somebody will see the posting and lay a little wisdom on me. I may end up hanging it in the bathroom!!!! :)
  3. tommy1002 tommy1002, 6 years ago
    I just looked at my signs (even my repops) and bottles and "trademark registered" is printed completely not " reg" or it's trademark "R "in circle I even got my magnifying glass out and in the book it's always spelled out completely. Embossed and porcelain is a good thing though.
  4. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 6 years ago
    That's a good point, I think you're on to something. I looked in Petretti's and could only find one item marked Trade Mark Reg. A Canadian can from the '60's. Thanks for the info. This sign could be from the Great White North...
  5. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 6 years ago
    Following Up: I received the sign today and it's a 1993 reproduction. See additional picture. Someone made a poor attempt to scratch out the date of manufacture, then scribbled over it with a pencil. Was sold as "vintage" and "original". Is neither, so will be sent back for full refund. It's not all champagne and strawberries, folks!!!!!
  6. tommy1002 tommy1002, 6 years ago
    Man I hate that!!! People never cease to amaze. If you don't mind, was it an ebay item?
  7. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 6 years ago
    Sure was. Seller said he was shocked, that he purchased it from a reputable dealer. I saw that small print straight away. It was so tiny, I had to get out the magnifying glass. Lucky for me whoever tried to alter it was totally inept at doing so. I guess they all can't be home runs!
  8. tommy1002 tommy1002, 6 years ago
    I hate it when I'm surfing ebay and every single cola piece is labeled " vintage, original, and RARE" But then there are the ones who don't know any better also. At least we get conversation pieces out of it eh....
  9. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 6 years ago
    I noticed another sign similar to this up on eBay (different seller), being advertised as manufactured in 1946. I thought it interesting that the date info is printed on an "unpainted" part of the sign exactly where the sign I purchased/returned had listed the 1993 date. Hmmm....
  10. tommy1002 tommy1002, 6 years ago
    HMMMMM indeed, have they no shame??

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